ERIC Number: ED215903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Education and Utilization of Engineers: Recommendations for a Study.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.
In response to a National Science Foundation (NSF) request to conduct a multiphase study of the professional education and utilization of engineers in the United States during the remainder of this century, the Assembly of Engineering, National Research Council, established (as Phase I) the Committee of Education and Utilization of the Engineer. This report presents the findings and recommendations of this committee regarding desirable content, methodology, and participants in a 2-year Phase II study. Following a general summary, a list of goals and rationale for such a study, key questions to be answered are listed. Questions focus on: (l) the engineering infrastructure (infrastructure defined as the total complex of institutional system elements that selects, trains, employs, supports, and uses engineers and their services); (2) history and status of the infrastructure, considering both the engineering workforce and engineering education; (3) infrastructure behavior; (4) long- and short-term stresses related to future demands on engineering; and (5) 10 general areas related to infrastructure changes, such as preengineering/undergraduate/graduate education, and faculty concerns, among others. Recent studies of engineering education problems, a tentative outline of a Phase II Study Report, and possible future engineering/problem interfaces are presented in appendices. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.